Birdwatching, or birding, is the observation and study of birds with the naked eye or through a device like binoculars. Birding often involves a significant auditory component, as many bird species are more readily detected and identified by ear than by eye. Most birdwatchers pursue this activity mainly for recreational or social reasons.
Birdwatching is perfect for everyone interested in birds and who enjoys nature. Birdwatchers observe wild birds in their natural habitat and, Birdwatching means learning to identify the birds and understand what they are doing. Birdwatching is something you can do in your own back yard, at your local park or anywhere you care to go exploring.
Birdwatching is an activity that the whole family can enjoy, anywhere and anytime. For the enthusiasts, joining a local bird club and going on designated birdwatching walks can help you hone your skills in seeking out the rarest type of birds, and possibly even snapping a picture or two. An essential guide to birdwatching would be a good book on birds, to help you identify species and types of birds around you. With just a pair of binoculars and a little knowledge, you’re well on your way to becoming an expert birdwatcher!
Twitching is also a popular term for birdwatching, which is a vaguely competitive form of birdwatching. The main goal of twitching is often to accumulate species on one’s lists. Some birders engage in competition to accumulate the longest species list. The act of the pursuit itself is referred to as a “twitch” or a “chase”.
There are over 900 species of birds in southern Africa, many of which can be seen to great advantage in the more popular game viewing areas. The Western Cape is a globally-renowned birdwatching spot, offering the greatest variety of birds and a very real chance of spotting a number of Antarctic vagrants. A number of tour operators offer specialised bird watching tours.
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